American Sign Language Courses


Please contact Cindy Pilz at if you need assistance.

Thanks to generous support from Calgary Learns, DHA can provide financial assistance to adults that cannot afford these programs.  This assistance can be offered to residents of Calgary only at this time.

Deaf & Hear Alberta offers American Sign Language (ASL) courses to individuals, groups and organizations.

All of our ASL courses are “no voice zones”,  full immersion classes taught by qualified Deaf instructors, whose first language is American Sign Language. For more information on our different sign language courses, please view the links below.

Please note: the following Course Withdrawal policy applies to all of our courses:

Course Withdrawal Policy

  1. Refunds are not issued once classes have begun.
  2. Refunds are not issued for non-attendance.
  3. An administrative fee of $25 will be charged for each withdrawal request.  This administrative fee will be waived for a transfer to another course.
  4. Refunds will be issued only if withdrawal is requested at least 5 business days prior to course start.
  5. Refunds will be processed within ten business days.
  6. A full refund will be given if a course is cancelled by Deaf Alberta
  7. NEW in 2020:  Eventbrite has begun charging a $25 administrative fee when a refund is processed.  This is deducted from the refund amount.  Please be aware of this when registering, and if you are considering withdrawal from a course. 

Signing Naturally

Deaf & Hear Alberta is the premier provider of this full immersion (no voice), curriculum-based course for those wanting to learn the beauty and nuances of this visual language.  Participants are able to progress in their learning through sequential levels of difficulty.  The Signing Naturally series is recognized as the curriculum for serious students wishing to learn ASL, and is the first step towards becoming a sign language interpreter in Alberta.

Thanks to generous support from Calgary Learns, DHA can provide financial assistance to adults that cannot afford these programs.  This support can be offered to Calgary residents only at this time.

Please contact Cindy Pilz at if you need assistance.

Family Focused ASL Immersion Weekends

Classes begin on Friday (6:30-9 p.m.), with Saturday and Sunday from 9 am 

With generous support from Calgary Learns, DHA can provide financial assistance to adults that cannot afford these programs.  Please contact Cindy Pilz at if you need assistance.Family Focused ASL is exclusive to Deaf & Hear Alberta, and features common everyday language used within the family setting.

FFASL provides a unique learning environment intended for families with Deaf (or with severe or progressive hearing loss) members and professionals who work with children who are Deaf or with a developmental disability. Some professionals can also take this class to improve communication in a quick and easy format.   The suggested minimum age of children is 6 years.

Thanks to our generous funders, there is no cost for this program.   If you are a professional that is interested in the class, please contact Cindy Pilz.

Please note: Due to high demand for this program, please register for a session once you are sure you are available for the full session.  If you register, please plan to attend as there are other people who would like your spot!

Cost:  No cost

Are you interested in working with Deaf & Hard of Hearing isolated seniors within your community to feel better connected with friends, family & the community? Do you enjoy teaching others how to safely use technology? Deaf & Hear Alberta has a new funded initiative – the Deaf & Hear Alberta Step Ahead program where we work towards diminishing social isolation and loneliness with the use of technology & volunteerism. If this sounds like you, please contact Leslie at Deaf & Hear Alberta.

ASL Summer Camp

ASL Summer Camp is open to anyone who is keen to learn ASL for the first time, or for those with some signing skills to advanced levels.  Minimum suggested age is 16 years old.

There are 3 different levels :

  • Basic: No American Sign Language background knowledge to minimum knowledge (0-50 signs)
  • Intermediate: Basic ASL skill to Intermediate (50-200 signs)
  • Advanced: Intermediate to Advanced skills (200 or more signs)

The format of our summer camp is different this year due to the uncertainty caused by Covid-19.

  • Delivery will be online.
  • There are 4 weeks being offered and you can choose which week you would like to join.
  • Deadline to register is 2 business days before the class starts.
  • There is no early bird registration.
  • Cost is $150 for 10 hours of instruction, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

If you are not sure what level you are at, or for any other information, please contact Cindy Pilz,

Customized Courses

Do you have a Deaf employee at your workplace?  Does your organization work with Deaf children or adults?  We can customize a course for you with a special focus on vocabulary that is particular to your organization.  We recommend a minimum of 6 instructional hours.

To arrange for a customized course, contact our Manager of Deaf Services, Cindy Pilz, by email: